Time to plug my current favorite suspense/thriller writer Duane Swierczynski. He’s a master of violence & mania. I’m a huge fan of his novels and comics.
Start off with The Blonde, a screwball spy thriller. Jack Eisley meets a mysterious woman in a bar who claims to have poison his drink. Unless she can keep someone within ten feet of her at all times, she'll die. And if he wants the antidote, he must help her out while a government agent hunts her down.
Then move onto my favorite Swierczynski book Severance Package, an absolute roller coaster of a novel. What happens when you discover your co-workers are actually black op CIA assassins at your dead end job and your boss tries to kill you? Jamie DeBroux hates his job at a financial service company. One day at a meeting, Jamie's boss reveals he is forced to close the office and must kill everyone. The company is a front for a black ops organization and everyone is actually a secret agent/super spy except for Jamie. It takes place over two hours and on one office floor but it's total mayhem.
Severance Package is so much fun. Not to sound like a Hollywood agent but it's literally Die Hard meets And Then There Were None. I can literally see these movies being directed by Guy Ritchie or Quieten Tarantino.
Duane also has some non-fiction books. I love his The Complete Idiot's Guide to Frauds, Scams, & Cons and The Spy's Guide: Office Espionage. Fun reads and I suppose practical if you plan on committing crimes.
Duane is also contributing to the GI Joe: Tales from the Cobra War anthology and earlier this year, GI Joe: Cobra Special #2 had the entire novella in it. It combines several things I love: car chases, explosions, and GI Joe. Love it.